Parents and Guardians,
The Butts County Board of Education met on July 23, 2020 to discuss the school calendar and reopening of schools. Out of an abundance of concern for our students, families, and employees, we made a very difficult decision based on the rapidly evolving circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Butts County School System will open the 2020-21 school year on August 17 with all students receiving virtual instruction. Although the district had planned to begin with both in-person and virtual instruction, it became apparent that continuing with this plan has the potential to place all of us in an unpredictable situation as we try to plan for the reopening of school.
It is imperative that we provide some clarity in this time of uncertainty. It is our goal to provide some stability, calmness, and focus to the start of school and we feel that delaying our start and focusing on one delivery model will provide this for our students, staff and families.
Open House activities will be rescheduled for the week of August 10-14. Schools will begin reaching out to families as soon as possible to provide information on revised open house dates, teacher assignments, class schedules, and procedures for device checkout.
Paper packets and learning activities will be provided for students if necessary for the first three weeks of school. However, we will ask that families make every effort to access WiFi for video presentations or instructional sessions in conjunction with the learning packets and activities.
The revised school calendar includes 169 student days. All holidays and breaks will remain the same as previously approved. The last day of school for students will be May 28, 2021. You can find our revised calendar HERE.
We anticipate the first day for in-person learning will be September 8, 2020. The decision to resume in-person learning will be based on circumstances and data related to the spread of Covid-19.
If we return to in-person learning on September 8, we will continue to offer a virtual option for families. We will ask that families notify us of their preference to either continue with virtual learning or to transition to in-person learning by August 26, 2020. A new virtual learning application will be available on our website. Students who choose to remain in a virtual setting at Henderson Middle School and Jackson High School will transition to the Edgenuity platform. Elementary students choosing to remain in a virtual setting will transition to virtual classrooms assigned to the district’s virtual learning staff.
As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. Please continue to check our website www.bcssk12.org for the most up-to-date information and distance learning resources.
Dr. Todd Simpson